Maja Schöne: 12 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The “Dark” Star

Maja Schöne: 12 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The “Dark” Star

You may not know it, but German actress Maja Schöne has been around and in the film industry for a long time now. Even before playing a lead role in the Netflix TV show Dark, Schöne had been acting for over a decade. She is very good at what she does and can be best described as confident, resilient and never giving up.


Born in Stuttgart on January 1, 1976, Maja Schone began her acting career in the German TV movie Schluss mit lustig, going on to feature in several Friedrich Schiller plays. She began developing interest in acting while on internship in a local theater after graduating from high school.

Before venturing into acting, Schöne studied at the Westphalian Drama School in Bochum, completing the program in 2001. Her excellent stagecraft did not take long to be recognised in the industry as she received the Young Talent Promotion Award from the Friends of the German Playhouse in February, 2002. She has received many nominations and awards since then.

Maja Schöne’s performance on Dark (a Netflix series) has drawn plaudits from fans and critics alike. Her character in the series is Hannah Kahnwald, and Shone’s excellent portrayal of this character is what endeared her to lots of people outside of Germany.

Maja Schone also has other major hits such as The Fire, Cowgirl and Buddenbrooks.

Maja Schöne

Quick facts about Maja Schöne

Full Name: Maja Schöne
Date of Birth: 1st January 1976
Age: 46
Education: German
Profession: Actress
Debut: Schluss mit lustig! (2001)
Lives in: Stuttgart, Germany
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Carlo Ljubek
Height 5.5ft (1.65 m)
Weight 56 kg
Physique Slim
Net Worth €3 million

12 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Maja Schöne

1. She was born in Stuttgart

Maja Schöne was born in Stuttgart the capital city of Baden-Württemberg state in Germany. The city of Stuttgart is popular for its manufacturing firms, with Mercedes-Benz and Porsche having their headquarters and museums in the city. Maja Schöne has spent most of her time in this city, her education and foundations have been in Stuttgart where she resides with her family.

2. Famous in Germany

Maja Schöne’s big break came after she starred in Netflix’s series “Dark” which took her name far and wide. However, Schöne is not a new name in Germany as she is a well established actress in the German movie industry even before featuring in Dark. Some of her films are included here and on IMDb

3. Has been around for a long time

Even though you may not know much about her, Maja has been around and filming for quite a long time. She began her screen career in 2001. That is 20 years worth of experience in the movie industry! She’s a veteran isn’t she?

4. She doesn’t have a social media account 

Believe it or not, Maja Schone is not the social media kind of person. In an age where it seems absurd to not be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and the likes, Maja has no known social media account. The actress is cool with staying off social media. There are quite a few parody handles created in her name but non of them are owned by her.

Maja Schöne family

5. Maja Schöne is married to an actor

German actor Carlo Ljubek is the husband of Maja Schone. Although it’s not known when they got married, but they have been together for quite some time and have a beautiful daughter together. Maja is one of those few people who happen to be in the same line of business as their spouse. Isn’t that lovely?

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6. She and her husband were born in the same year

Career is not is the not the only thing Maja Schöne and her celebrity husband share in common. Maja and her husband Carlo Ljubek were born in the same year (1976). They are both currently 45 years old.

7. She began her film career at 25 

Maja Schone originally had no intentions of becoming an actress. However, she would discover her passion for acting while working at a small cinema as an intern. Once she was convinced this was the path she wanted to thread, Maja Schöne immediately enrolled for training.

8. Speaks English

Maja can speak the English Language fluently even though she was born and brought up in Germany and had her education there. While she’s done mostly German movies so far, the ability to speak a second language is one that could come in handy at some point during her  career.

9. Has won multiple awards

Having put in lots of work into her acting career, Maja has won a number of awards for her efforts.

Her personal accolades includes:

Young Talent Promotion Award from the Friends of the German Playhouse (2002)

Nominated for Undine Award for Best Young Supporting Actress (2005)

DSP Award for Best Leading Actress (2013)

Maja Schöne daughter


10. She is a very confidential person

Unlike the common believe and norm that celebrities don’t lead private lives, Maja seems to have worked out a way to keep most of her personal life private and away from the media. Little is known of her family background as she prefers not to bring them to public knowledge.

11. Starred in “Cowgirl”

Although most of us came to become familiar with Maja Schöne  because of her role in Netflix’s “DARK”, she’s had major hits before playing Hannah Kahnwald in Dark. It was her role in the movie “Cowgirl” that got her a nomination for Best Young Supporting Actress at the Undine Award in 2005. Maja played the role of Paula’s dark haired friend.

12. Looks younger than her age

Maja Schöne looks quite younger than she really is. That’s probably due to her slim figure and average height. She is about 1.63 meters tall  and weighs below 60 kilos.